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Mar 13 16 11:37 AM
When this month's PSA appeared, we all thought we were going to be blasted to kingdom come at any moment by an atomic bomb. I'm sure many of us can remember bomb drills where we crawled underneath our school desks for safety. How the hell anyone ever thought we could survive an atomic blast by staying under our desk is beyond me.
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Since the bonus capsules are moving further back in time, are we actually moving out of your wheelhouse?
Mar 14 16 8:11 AM
Mar 14 16 9:41 AM
Alan wrote:The Doors and Bowie also covered. Weill later of course, but it sounds more natural for them.
Mar 14 16 9:54 AM
seattleguy wrote:The nearby Mom and Pop store that I could walk to didn't carry comics but they did have baseball cards so I probably bought a bunch back then. I say probably because the memory can play tricks on a person when they think back on childhood days.
Mar 14 16 9:58 AM
dttf wrote:But books from immediately before that era will be pretty familiar to me, too, since once I got the bug, I had a lot of great little stores in my neighborhood that sold recent back issues for a nickel apiece.
Mar 14 16 10:50 AM
Issue 110 was a double hit for THE FLASH, but for me the real headliner was not the cover feature, but rather the secondary story:
As our tale opens, Iris West visits Barry Allen in his apartment to introduce Barry to her young nephew, Wally. It turns out that Wally is the president of a local Flash Fan Club. His greatest ambition is to meet his hero. Since Iris knows Barry is a friend of the Scarlet Speedster (but not that they are one-and-the-same), she asks Barry if he will arrange a meeting for Wally. However, this presents a challenge, because how can Barry switch to his Flash identity with Iris present? The Fastest Man Alive quickly develops a plan:
After Iris leaves, Barry reveals a startling secret:
And then becomes the world’s fastest quick-change artist:
Wally is overjoyed to meet his hero:
Wally begins to bombard Flash will all kinds of questions, including how he got his super-speed. Flash responds by saying he’ll not only tell Wally how he got his powers, he will actually show him. Taking the boy into his laboratory room -- after explaining that Barry had to leave for a while -- the Scarlet Speedster begins to recount how he was working in his lab on a day “just like this,” when suddenly:
Flash decides to put his theory to the test:
Flash reveals the truth to the lad. “Somehow, Wally,” Flash explains, “the identical accidents -- a billion-to-one shot -- happened! And the chemicals that sprayed you have given you super-speed -- just like I have!” After another demonstration, by throwing a baseball and having Wally catch it before it can hit the far wall in the lab, the young boy begins to understand what has happened to him.
Flash then realizes that Barry needs to get back to work, so he tells Wally he has to leave for awhile. He gives Wally permission to remain at the apartment, instructing him to practice using his power until he has mastered it. After Flash departs, Wally hears a news bulletin over the radio:
Racing to the zoo, Kid Flash makes short work of rounding up the escaped animals:
Just as the younger Crimson Comet captures the last of the animals, the elder Crimson Comet arrives on the scene:
Later, after Kid Flash changes back to his civilian identity, and Barry returns to his apartment, Iris stops by to pick up her nephew and they chat about the day’s proceedings. But, Wally makes a surprising revelation:
A satisfying ending to a very satisfying tale.
I didn’t buy this issue right off the stands. I picked it up as a back issue at Bathe’s Groceries about 3 years after it was released, probably as a 3 for a quarter purchase. The first issue of FLASH that I actually bought off the stands was issue 133 (which, as fate would have it, had a Kid Flash back-up story). My first exposure to “Meet Kid Flash” was in the first GIANT FLASH ANNUAL, published in the Summer of 1963.
But I loved it then -- and I love it now.
Of course, there are many plot holes that can be seen reading it today. Like, the insinuation that the replica accident that occurred to Wally was “on a day just like this” -- when there is no evidence of rain, or stormy conditions -- and the lightning bolt crashes through a window showing blue sky. Or, that the coincidence of Wally getting splashed with the same exact chemicals as Barry is more than a bit of a reach. And, that whole business about Flash telling Wally that Barry had to “leave for awhile” to protect his identity. Just goes to show...that in 1959...comics were still being written to a market believed to be mostly made up of 8-to-12 year-old boys. But, still and all, the script by John Broome was entertaining and more than excellent. Carmine Infantino’s art was spectacular. And, the inking by Joe Giella is quite possibly the best (or, at least one of the best) of his career.
Kid Flash was a very popular addition to the “Flash Family” and went on to star in several solo outings. He appeared as a back-up feature in FLASH 111, 112, 114, 116, 118, 122, 127, 130, 133, 138 and 144. Plus, he was a headlined co-star in issue 135, where he got a new uniform.
They just don’t make ‘em like this no more, folks!
Mar 14 16 10:52 AM
Hepcat wrote:Alan wrote:The Doors and Bowie also covered. Weill later of course, but it sounds more natural for them.Where/when did the Doors cover Mack the Knife?
Mar 14 16 11:16 AM
Mar 14 16 12:39 PM
DennisDaMennis wrote: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
With the exception of Batman Annual #1, this was the greatest annual EVER -- at least it was to me!
The only story reprinted here that I already had was "Mystery of the Elongated Man." All the other stories were new to me. Plus it had a Jay Garrick Flash story, probably my first glimpse of DC's Golden Age heroes; plus it had the Infantino feature, "How I Draw the Flash" -- a precious gift to us kids who wanted to draw comics; plus a Flash/Barry Allen pinup on the back cover!
This comic was Silver Age gold!!
Mar 14 16 4:01 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:Over in The Flash, aside from Kid Flash's debut (which lelak will be covering for us), Barry gained another member of his Rogue's Gallery:
Mar 14 16 4:32 PM
DennisDaMennis wrote:With the exception of Batman Annual #1, this was the greatest annual EVER -- at least it was to me!This comic was Silver Age gold!!
lelak wrote:I didn’t buy this issue right off the stands. I picked it up as a back issue at Bathe’s Groceries about 3 years after it was released, probably as a 3 for a quarter purchase.
DennisDaMennis wrote:The only story reprinted here that I already had was "Mystery of the Elongated Man." All the other stories were new to me.
DennisDaMennis wrote:Plus it had ... a Flash/Barry Allen pinup on the back cover!
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